ASA Announces Construction Procurement Caucus!
On Thursday, April 22, 2021, ASA, along with the Construction Industry Procurement Coalition (CIPC), assisted Reps. Peters (D-CA) and Stauber (R-MN) with the launch of a construction procurement caucus for the 117th Congress to advance “sensible reforms” for federal contractors. The federal government’s annual spending on procurement has increased steadily in recent years and it spends “tens of billions of dollars” on construction related procurements. The goals of the caucus are to simplify the process for federal construction procurement, foster a competitive market for businesses of all sizes, support better opportunities for businesses in the federal marketplace and advance procurement-related legislation.
Per Chair Peters, “when we talk about using federal money, one of the ways you close the gap is you make sure you’re not spending too much money on processing and permitting and you want to do reform to make things more efficient, that’s, I think, where we have a real opportunity.” Per Chair Stauber, “the Small Business Administration needs to be a help not a hindrance to small business for capital, infrastructure and education, so they can reach their maximum potential.”